Nearly everyone experiences some sort of Gastrointestinal (GI) discomfort at some point or another. It can manifest as abdominal pain and cramps, bloated belly and flatulence, chronic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), heartburn, acid reflux and nausea. Apart from the impact on quality of life, a third of those who suffer say they can’t find an effective solution to improve symptoms and manage their gut health… enters Progast.
PROGAST FLORACARE FORTE
Quality and targeted delivery of probiotics
Choosing an effective probiotic formula is not so easy as all probiotics are not created equally. The quantity of live bacteria and the type of bacteria is what sets one product apart from another on shelves.
Progast FloraCare Forte use a patented acid resistant capsule to ensure the active ingredients get delivered where they matter. Studies have shown how the botanical extracts used in Progast can actually change the structure of your GI tract and improve the absorption of nutrients.
- Assists in the digestion and absorption of food
- Maintains colon and digestive tract health
- Controls Candida albicans (yeast) infections
- Normalizes cholesterol levels
- Prevents food and skin allergies in children
- Reduces fungal growth
- Make vitamins A, B and K
- Prevents infections
- Prevents chronic diarrhoea
- Boosts the immune system
- Assists with the absorption of vitamin B12
- Replenish and maintain good gut microbiome
PROGAST GASTROINTESTINAL SUPPORT DROPS
Progast Gastrointestinal Support Drops represents a new milestone in providing intestinal support and comfort.
Contains ten botanical extracts, this formula offers exciting promise for those seeking an effective pharmaceutical, drug-free solution for their gut issues. One of the modes of action of the actives used in Progast appears to interact with your neurological system and counteract the effects of stress and other psychosocial factors via your gut-brain axis! Read more about the gut-brain axis below. The ten natural botanical extracts used in Progast Gastrointestinal Support Drops has shown in clinical studies to help with the relief and discomfort of medically diagnosed IBS & functional indigestion.
- Protect gastric mucosa 3
- Stimulate the emptying of your stomach 4
- Support a normal inflammatory response 5
- Prevent flatulence 6
- Prevent spasms by soothing your intestinal tract 7
- Support normal fat digestion and absorption 8
- Support normal healthy carbohydrate and lipid metabolism 8, 9, 10, 11
- Reduce nausea, vomiting and help with symptoms of motion sickness12, 13, 1
If you are one of the 33 % who haven’t yet found a product that works well for you, Progast may be your solution.
- Ulmus Rubra
Causes reflex stimulation of nerve endings in the GI tract, leading to mucus secretion and protection against stomach ulcers, colitis, diverticulitis, gut inflammation, acidity, diarrhoea, constipation, haemorrhoids and irritable bowel syndrome
- Angelica Archangelica
Promotes digestion and relieves abdominal cramps/spasms
- Matricaria Recutita
Helps relieve abdominal cramps/spasms
- Carum Carvi
Reduces gas and helps relieve abdominal cramps
- Silybum Marianum
Reduces gas and relieves heartburn
- Melissa Officinalis
Relieves abdominal cramps/spasms and gas
- Menth x Piperita
Relieves abdominal cramps/spasms, stomach pain and gas
- Chelidonium Majus
Promotes digestion, relieves abdominal cramps/spasms and stomach pain
- Glycyrrhiza Glabra
Relieves abdominal cramps/spasms and stomach pain
- Zingiber Officinale
A highly potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent that helps to relax the smooth muscles in your gut lining and assists with digestion, promoting a healthy gut, relieving gastrointestinal pain, nausea and facilitating in the healing of ulcers.
YOUR GUT – THE SEED OF GOOD HEALTH
Good health begins in your gastrointestinal (GI) tract, where 400 to 500 species of friendly bacteria live to help build and protect your health. Your GI tract should ideally contain 85% good bacteria and just 15% bad bacteria. So many factors affect gut health such as poor lifestyles choices and lack of optimum nutritional together with poor dietary choices. Drugs, especially antibiotics, can destroy good bacteria, seriously impacting your immune system. The gut is the seed of the immune system.
Your intestines are lined with countless villi2 – or the numerous little ‘fingers’ lining your intestines – that absorb nutrients. As a result of digestive issues, your intestinal villi can become damaged or shortened, making it difficult for your body to take advantage of the beneficial nutrients found in the foods you eat. A larger surface area for your villi allows for more efficient nutrient absorption.
The effects of gut imbalance
The effect of gut microbial imbalance varies from unpleasant symptoms to disease conditions:
- Gas, bloating and indigestion
- Diarrhoea and/or constipation
- Celiac symptoms (from gluten intolerance/sensitivity)
- Skin problems such as acne, eczema & psoriasis
- Bad breath and body odour
- High cholesterol levels
- Delayed development in children
- Candida yeast infections
- IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
- Chronic fatigue & fibromyalgia
- Frequent colds and flu
What causes gut discomfort?
There are many reasons for gut discomfort, but probiotics and eating healthily, may not prevent belly bloat and discomfort, gas, or occasional constipation or loose stools. It may surprise you to learn that even those with a healthy gut microbiome can suffer from time to time with digestive discomfort!
Main causes of gut discomfort include:
- Stressful or demanding lifestyle
- Genetic predisposition increasing susceptibility
- Undiagnosed food sensitivities, intolerances or allergies
- A diet that’s excessive in fructose and other sugars
- Inflammation as a side effect caused by over the counter or prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
- Gut-brain axis imbalance
WHEN YOU NEED PROBIOTICS MOST
If you are taking antibiotics without Progast FloraCare Forte capsules, then you are taking unnecessary risks. Unfortunately, antibiotics are, for the most part, immunosuppressants that will further weaken your immune system by destroying the friendly bacteria guarding your intestines. Every time you swallow antibiotics, you kill large numbers of beneficial bacteria, upsetting the delicate balance in your intestinal tract. These friendly bacteria can be quickly replaced by hostile bacteria and fungi, including Candida yeast.
As your intestinal bacteria die, yeasts can thrive and even use their tendrils to literally poke holes through the lining of your intestinal wall, resulting in a syndrome called leaky gut. More recently, scientists presented findings that linked antibiotics with allergies and asthma. So, it’s important to remember that while antibiotics may save you from one problem, it may cause a host of others. There is a common misconception that one should wait until one is finished with your course of antibiotics before taking probiotics. Even though the antibiotic is killing the good bacteria, that’s exactly when you need it the most.
However, do not take the Progast FloraCare Forte capsules at the same time as the antibiotic — allow a 4-hour interval between them. Please be aware that antibiotic prescriptions is not the only way of taking in antibiotics. You still might be taking them with every bite of meat you consume. More antibiotics per kilogram are used on livestock than in human medicine! Even more reason to regularly supplement with probiotics to strengthen your immune system.
Don’t leave home without probiotics to prevent travel bugs. Using Progast FloraCare Forte every 30 to 60 minutes may reduce symptoms of indigestion, constipation and diarrhoea. So be sure to take Progast FloraCare Forte with you when traveling anywhere, not only overseas.
WOMEN ARE MORE LIKELY TO EXPERIENCE GASTROINTESTINAL DISTRESS
Women are two to six times more likely to experience GI issues than men. The female body tends to be more sensitive to irritants, such as gas in their GI tract which can trigger messages to the brain and in turn, a stressful response back to the gut, further impacting bowel function. Unresolved stress is another factor.
Physical reasons why women may be more prone to tummy troubles than men:
- Less stomach acid secretion and slower gastric emptying that can result in bloating
- Women tend to use more NSAIDs throughout their lifetime, irritating the stomach lining
- Slower emptying from the large intestine can cause occasional issues with regularity, and this tends to worsen with age.
- Slower gallbladder emptying that can lead to occasional discomfort
- Women’s enzyme systems in their livers and small intestines differ from men’s and can affect how their bodies break down medication.
Regardless of gender, stress can affect your gut in numerous ways:
- Alters GI motility and secretion
- Decreases oxygenation to your gut
- Negatively impacts your intestinal microflora
- Heightens sensations from the gut
- Slows blood flow to your digestive system — up to four times less!
- Adversely affects your GI mucosa’s ability to regenerate itself
- Decreases enzyme output as much as 20 000-fold!
YOUR GUT AND YOUR BRAIN COMMUNICATE!
You may be surprised to learn that you have two brains — the one in your head and another in your gut.
The vagus nerve allows the gut and the brain to communicate. During foetal development, one part of this brain system forms into your central nervous system, while the other develops into your enteric nervous system. Both ‘brains’ are connected to each other through your vagus nerve. This connection is what is known as the ‘gut-brain axis’. When you feel stressed, this can impact the messages travelling along its axis.
In response, stress signals unleash a firestorm of neurotransmitters and cytokines (molecules that can promote distress in your GI tract).
As we have already seen, what happens in your brain affects your gut, and vice versa. They are all one and the same. The gut-brain axis is one of the most important and ignored aspects of your health. When psycho-social factors such as stress affect your brain and central nervous system, both your vagus nerve and your gut function can be negatively impacted.
The good news is, you don’t need to put up with all the annoying and uncomfortable signs of a gut that’s not functioning optimally, no matter the reason.
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Disclaimer: All information here is for educational purposes only and is not meant to cure, heal, diagnose nor treat. This information must not be used as a replacement for medical advice, nor can the writer take any responsibility for anyone using the information instead of consulting a healthcare professional. All serious diseases need a physician.
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